"Busquets' game [against Slovakia] was a guide of how to play as a pivot, in defence and attack. He is a player who many people do not understand, after so many years of being used to watching him, but he is a unique player, and a guarantee," Luis Enrique has told the media after Spain's 5-0 win over Slovakia.
Sergio Busquets produced an exceptional performance on Wednesday, providing a few key passes and being solid at the back.
This was also his first appearance after recovering from the coronavirus.
Busquets cries in post-match interview, wins MOTM prize in his first post-Covid game
Sergio Busquets was brilliant in his first game after recovering from the coronavirus.
"I'm emotional because of the bad time I've been through, the group is strong and this has made us grow, we have to take it on with that mentality. We did not play the games we wanted to and to win this was great, this is the way and it will reinforce us a lot for what is to come," the captain said in a post-match interview, shedding a tear.
Here's his stat review.
- 71 minutes played
- 60 touches
- 2 key passes
- 2 chances created
- 5 long balls completed
- 5 duels won
- 2 times fouled
- 1 interception
- 1 tackle
Barca make first contact with Busquets' agent, yet to present pay cut offer: SER
The Catalans, however, haven't yet made a 'concrete' offer on a pay cut, as per the source.
The 32-year-old is tied with the Blaugrana until the end of the 2022/23 season. Earlier it was claimed that the La Masia graduate earns €16,346,720m per season at Camp Nou.
It remains to be seen if Busquets accepts to continue at Barca on lower terms.